What's something that represents "tenacity"?
October 16, 2010 6:27 PM   Subscribe

I'm making a website about sticking to personal resolutions (i.e. exercising every day) and I'm trying to come up with a mascot/logo that represents "tenacity". Help me think of animals or objects that are associated with sticktoitiveness!
posted by the jam to Grab Bag (35 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
The fable about the ant and the grasshopper might make the ant an option, since it was working hard and resisting the temptation to goof off.

Maybe the salmon? Because of the swimming upstream thing.

And referring to another fable, the turtle/ tortoise? Less "slow and steady wins the race" and more "just hang in there and you'll be golden" , though.
posted by estlin at 6:33 PM on October 16, 2010


Hedgehog? The stick-to-it part at least....
posted by gwenlister at 6:34 PM on October 16, 2010


Badgers
posted by unknowncommand at 6:36 PM on October 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


Barnacle.
posted by Fleebnork at 6:36 PM on October 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


Too literal?
posted by Fleebnork at 6:37 PM on October 16, 2010


Starfish
posted by mmmbacon at 6:37 PM on October 16, 2010


Glue bottle.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 6:55 PM on October 16, 2010


Sisyphus.
posted by Etrigan at 6:56 PM on October 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Wile E. Coyote.
posted by TedW at 6:56 PM on October 16, 2010


Beavers. As in, "Busy as a -".
posted by logicpunk at 6:59 PM on October 16, 2010


Mule.
posted by wayland at 7:01 PM on October 16, 2010


According to legend, Robert the Bruce learned perseverance from watching a spider repeatedly failing as it tried to build a web, but never giving up until succeeded.

Whether your intended audience can relate to those symbols is another matter though.

You might also consider penguins, which are pretty famous now for just keeping going on and on in extreme conditions.

Another possibility is Winston Churchill or objects associated with him. One of his personal mottos was KBO, which stood for "Keep buggering on". Apart from the man himself you could use his cigars, V-for-Victory sign, or maybe his hat. The theme is also in many of his speeches, like this one:

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...
posted by philipy at 7:05 PM on October 16, 2010


A tree in the wind.
posted by bluedaisy at 7:07 PM on October 16, 2010


The "hang in there" cat.
posted by EL-O-ESS at 7:12 PM on October 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Jack Russell Terrier
posted by ainsley at 7:13 PM on October 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Bulldog.
posted by mmf at 7:19 PM on October 16, 2010


Limpet. Though maybe not the best analogy for exercise ...
posted by scruss at 7:27 PM on October 16, 2010


How about an ant? From the grasshopper and and fable.
posted by defreckled at 7:30 PM on October 16, 2010


My husband suggests the "time to make the donuts" guy.
posted by defreckled at 7:31 PM on October 16, 2010


Leech. Literally.
posted by valeries at 7:40 PM on October 16, 2010


Jack Burke once boxed Andy Bowen for seven hours straight, not quitting even after he broke bones in his hands.
posted by foursentences at 7:47 PM on October 16, 2010


Bulldog!
posted by restless_nomad at 8:08 PM on October 16, 2010


Beagle!
posted by The Light Fantastic at 9:23 PM on October 16, 2010


Badger, mostly on account of this honey badger devouring half a puff adder snake, getting knocked out by the venom, somehow surviving and going back to finish his meal as if nothing had happened.
posted by gmarceau at 9:53 PM on October 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Did somebody call my name? Check out my profile if you don't believe me.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 10:25 PM on October 16, 2010


The Little Engine That Could!
posted by metaphorical at 10:41 PM on October 16, 2010


An elephant never forgets, pushes on through obstacles (like trees and walls), and tends to give the impression of considering each well-placed step before it makes it. It is unstoppable, indomitable, and cute.
posted by mumkin at 11:40 PM on October 16, 2010


How about a rock climber hanging on to a cliff face?
posted by markmillard at 11:47 PM on October 16, 2010


These are all awesome. Thanks everybody! Keep them coming if you've got more.
posted by the jam at 11:53 PM on October 16, 2010


A dog with a bone is what came instantly to mind.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 12:26 AM on October 17, 2010


Jack Black and Kyle Glass, a.k.a...TENACIOUS D.
posted by pecanpies at 7:18 AM on October 17, 2010


The tortoise, of course.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:17 AM on October 17, 2010


Ivy.
posted by Paris Elk at 12:40 PM on October 17, 2010


Wire Fox Terrier.
posted by notyou at 1:52 PM on October 17, 2010


How about a gecko? They're also cute enough that it's easy to find stylized versions.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 4:40 PM on October 17, 2010


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